Questions for your videographer

Hiring a videographer for your wedding can be a challenge because you may not know what you are looking for. It is more likely you'll see a style and just be drawn to it.  Here are a few questions for you to ask prospective video suppliers to ensure you get the best product possible.

1) Tell me a bit about your equipment.

Even if you don't know anything about brands or model model numbers, that's okay. Chances are they'll film on a DSLR. Sadly there is broad spectrum and the term 'DSLR' can be applied to a super sexy beast of a camera or your Nana's holiday camera. What you should actually listen for is the mention of accessories like stabilisers like motorised gimbals or a glide cam, or sliders. While you don't want these shots for everything, if they have these expensive and specialist pieces of kit, you know they are serious about wedding cinematography and skilled enough to do a good job.

2) Do you shoot at 4K?

4K is not required. Most computer screens and TVs don't even have the capacity to play back in 4K but if a videographer has the capacity to shoot in 4K, you know they have a good camera. The cool thing about filming in 4K is when you edit in HD you can zoom into the clip without loosing any of the quality, so it is great for ceremonies where you can have the wide shot and close up in one camera.

3) How long do you stay on the wedding day?

Weddings are long and unpredictable. After the ceremony it is rare to find a wedding that runs exactly to schedule. So if your videographer mentions exact hours, chances are they are not looking out for the best product. Sometimes it'll be a 10 hour day before the cake cutting and first dance and the last thing you want is someone packing up before the day is done. If they do give you a time period, ask some follow up questions about overtime.

4) What is your feedback process like?

Video is unique because unlike photography, you can have a bit more control over your edit, but some videographers will deliver their edit and expect that to be done. Make sure they offer at least 2 rounds of feedback. It's expensive. Make sure you get what you want. Further more, ask about timings. Editing takes a lot of time. if they promise you the video in a week it'll be a pretty simple edit with not colour grading or effects. but if it is 3 months away, that is a long time to wait. 1 month from wedding day to V1 is ideal.


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